Other French public organizations in S&T

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Employing a method based on competitive peer reviews that complies with international standards, the French National Research Agency (ANR) provides the scientific community with instruments and conditions that promote creativity and openness, and stimulate new ideas and partnerships, particularly between the public and private sectors. Its activity also contributes to enhancing the competitiveness and the influence of French research in Europe and across the world. Since 2010, ANR has also been the lead manager of the Investments for the Future programme in the field of higher education and research.

- ANR website


CEMAGREF logo Irstea, the French National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture is a public scientific and technical institute in joint supervision with the Ministry of Research and the Ministry of Agriculture and is holder of an agreement with the Ministry of Ecology.

Irstea, the new name for Cemagref has built a multidisciplinary and systemic approach to three domains – water, environmental technologies and land – which today form the basis of its strength and originality. The Institute is therefore establishing itself as the spearhead of the environment in support of public policies. This led us in 2010 to become the voice of environmental research by founding AllEnvi, the national alliance for environmental research, whose aim is to dedicate time for research in public debate on environmental challenges. Irstea has been president for the first two years.

- Irstea website


In today’s complex climatic, demographic and energy context, agricultural research must deal with major issues on various scales. Preparing worldwide food availability and security by 2050, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, and promoting alternative agricultural and forestry practices that can respond to non-reversible climate change are challenges the entire world must face. Some of the many underlying concerns that must be tackled include understanding individual behaviour on a regional or market level; studying the relationships between plant, animal and human health; researching new ways of producing energy and materials from agricultural sources; and limiting overall environmental impacts.

To deal with these issues, the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) produces scientific knowledge and works for economic and social innovation in the areas of food, agriculture and the environment.

- INRA website


The French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (Inria) is a public science and technology institution established in 1967, Inria is the only public research body fully dedicated to computational sciences. Combining computer sciences with mathematics, Inria’s 3,449 researchers strive to invent the digital technologies of the future.

Educated at leading international universities, they creatively integrate basic research with applied research and dedicate themselves to solving real problems, collaborating with the main players in public and private research in France and abroad and transferring the fruits of their work to innovative companies. The researchers at Inria published over 4,500 articles in 2013. They are behind over 270 active patents and 110 start-ups. In 2013, Inria’s budget came to 235 million euros, 25% of which represented its own resources.

- INRIA website


BRGM (Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières) is the French geological survey.
BRGM is France’s reference public institution for Earth Science applications in the management of surface and subsurface resources and risks.

Scientific research at the BRGM is focused on furthering geological knowledge and understanding surface and subsurface phenomena. The key issue at stake is to meet the challenges of global change.

- BRGM website


Ifremer (French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea) contributes, as an integrated research institute in marine science, to the French national system for research and innovation as well as to the European research area, by producing:
- fundamental knowledge in a systemic approach making it possible to better grasp the processes governing ecosystems and understand the changes affecting them;
- more finalised results to answer questions raised by society, based on its observation, monitoring and expert assessment capacities, and giving policy-makers support for managing the marine environment and its resources;
- outcomes and technologies contributing to economic development in the framework of
a balanced partnership with various economic players, including industrial firms.

- Ifremer website

Institut Pasteur

Founded in 1887 and based in France, the Institut Pasteur is an international research institute of excellence with a mission to advance science, medicine and public health. The Institut Pasteur is a private, non-profit foundation with recognized charitable status entrusted with four core missions of public interest – Research, Education, public health, and Valorisation of scientific research via technology transfer and industrial partnerships.
Institut pasteur is represented in the United States by the Pasteur Foundation.

- Institut Pasteur Website


The IRD (Institut de recherche pour le développement) is a French research organisation, original and unique on the European development research scene.

Emphasizing interdisciplinarity, the IRD has focused its research for over 65 years on the relationship between man and its environment, in Africa, Mediterranean, Latin America, Asia and the French tropical overseas territories.

Its research, training and innovation activities are intended to contribute to the social, economic and cultural development of southern countries.

- IRD website


ONERA is the French aeronautics, space and defense research lab. A multi-disciplinary organization with experimental means unique in Europe, ONERA brings expertise to government programs, both institutional and industrial.

- ONERA Website


Bpifrance is the French public investment bank that acts in support of public policy established by the French government and the French regions. It has two equal shareholders: the French goverment and the Deposits and Consignment Fund (Caisse des Dépôts)

Bpifrance finances businesses from the seed phase to transfer to stock exchange listing, through loans, guarantees and equity. It accompanies firms developing export activities, in partnership with UBIFRANCE and Coface, and provides support to their innovation projects.

Bpifrance offers businesses the benefit of a powerful contact, one who is on hand and able to respond effiiently to their financing needs, during every step of their development.

- Bpifrance website